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Louisville Slugger retires Derek Jeter's bat

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time in its 130-year history, Louisville Slugger is retiring a bat model in honor of a player.

Derek Jeter has only used a P72 model Louisville Slugger bat during his Major League Baseball career.

In a special event at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, Louisville Slugger made the announcement that it is retiring the P72 in Jeter's honor. The bat company also presented him with a special award that features the last P72 ever made.

“Derek has made over 12,500 plate appearances in his 20 MLB seasons, and every single one of them has been with a Louisville Slugger P72,” said James Sass, Director of Professional Baseball Sales for the Louisville, Kentucky-based company. “In honor of Derek's tremendous career and impact, we won't be making the P72 anymore.”

The specifications of the P72, with its medium barrel and balanced swing weight, will still exist for players to order, but under the name DJ2 in honor of Derek Jeter. Slugger says the only exception to the retirement of the P72 will be for any descendant of Les Pinkham, the man the bat was originally made for.

The final P72 bats made will be given to Jeter to be used to raise money for the player's Turn 2 Foundation. The Slugger Museum will donate $5,00 to the Turn 2 foundation, which Jeter founded in his rookie season, in exchange for one of the final bats to be returned for display in the museum.

For more information on the Turn 2 Foundation, please visit www.turn2foundation.org.

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